GRANBY — The East Newton Patriots scored 27 points in the first quarter and 23 in both the second and third quarters to build a 73-40 lead en route to a 76-58 win Tuesday night over Southwest.

The Patriots scored 76 points for the second game in a row and improved to 3-2 overall this season with a three-game winning streak. East Newton began the streak with a 80-point night last Friday.

East Newton never trailed Tuesday night and there was just one tie score at 2-all. The Patriots took the lead on a Caleb Jackson basket and never looked back, taking leads of 20-4 (on a 12-0 run), 27-9 after the first quarter, and 31-9 early in the second quarter after Dustin McDermott’s breakaway slam dunk and Bryce Cambers’ first basket of the night.

McDermott and Jackson proved to be a formidable duo all evening, but especially in the first half as the senior pair combined for 25 points, nearly all of them in the paint. McDermott led the Patriots in the first half with 14 points and Jackson added 11.

Southwest senior sharpshooter Adam Ramirez heated up in the second quarter after a non-eventful and scoreless first 8 minutes for No. 23.
Ramirez buried four 3-point shots in the second quarter for 12 of his game-high 17 points and his second quarter perimeter shooting pyrotechnics were highlighted by a deep three just before the half.

McDermott went scoreless in the second half, but it was irrelevant as Cambers and senior Dalton Moore helped pick up the scoring slack with seven points for Cambers and four for Moore in the third. Cambers and Moore each reached double-digits on the night after their third quarter efforts.

Jackson led East Newton with 15 points, then McDermott had 14, Cambers 11, and Moore 10. Freshman guard Lucas Kimbrough scored all eight of his points in the first half, just like fellow freshman Connor Killion — an all-tournament selection at Pierce City last weekend — and his five points. Davis Turner added six points.

Additionally, two East Newton players scored their first career varsity points Tuesday night — Dallas Botelho and Austin Brewster had four and three points, respectively, as the East Newton starting lineup sat on the bench and cheered the reserves on.

On Twitter earlier in the day Tuesday, East Newton basketball called out to the fans, “Patriot fans, there are only 7 home games on the schedule this season and the first is tonight at 6. The boys are playing well, the band will be great, and we need you to pack the gym and help create one of the best home court advantages in the Big 8!”

East Newton basketball thanked the fans after the game on Twitter.

Southwest junior guard Caleb Resz hit three trifectas after halftime en route to 13 points on the night and the guards Ramirez and Resz combined for 30 of Southwest’s points, with 27 of their points coming on long-range shots. Ramirez and Resz hit five and four treys, respectively.

East Newton puts its 3-2 record up against Purdy on the road Friday night. Purdy won the recent Pierce City tournament, defeating Verona 46-39 in the championship game. The Eagles were led by tournament MVP Colt Keeling, who had 22 points in the win over Verona.

Southwest     9  19 12 18 — 58
East Newton    27 23 23   3 — 76
SOUTHWEST (0-4) — Adam Ramirez 17, Caleb Resz 14, Tanner Leonhardt 7, Austin Pippin 7, Matthew Robbins 6, Jarrett Pike 4, Cody Brooks 3.
EAST NEWTON (3-2) — Caleb Jackson 15, Dustin McDermott 14, Bryce Cambers 11, Dalton Moore 10, Lucas Kimbrough 8, Davis Turner 6, Connor Killion 5, Dallas Botelho 4, Austin Brewster 3.